|Barked: Sat Mar 1, '14 8:40am PST |
Stock owners needed a dog who was assertive enough to work cattle in small spaces but could duck under a cattle panel for safety if needed. The smaller Australian Shepherd could do that. If you look at pictures of rodeo, ranch and stock dogs of the 50s and 60s you will see many that are smaller than we see now: 14 to 18 inches. Breeders who breed large boned, fluffy oversized dogs today are probably not breeding a working dog.
There are some great Australian Shepherds out there getting herding, agility, obedience, tracking and other performance titles. Our smaller dogs used to compete right there with them. Now we compete as a separate breed.
Miniature American Shepherds are not fluffy lap dogs. They have all the energy, athletic ability and courage of the Australian shepherd, just in a smaller size.
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